Episode 14 gets us really sucked back into the political tension that built up in the early episodes of Spy x Family. Things take a dark turn when Anya reads in the dog a dystopian future where Loid is killed in a clock tower explosion.
It’s impressive how quickly Anya comes up with a reckless plan that somehow works. Despite Anya’s psychic abilities, she still has many characteristics that are different from other children her age. Like not being able to read a clock, a huge setback for something so time-sensitive as detonating a bomb. Kids don’t feel like asking the time if 5 minutes is different from 30 seconds and it’s nice that Anya has captured that here.
It occurred to me that the dog’s vision of the future showed very few details, so it was very likely that Anya’s act of saving her father had led to the tragedy. I know this isn’t a dark anime so I made sure this wasn’t the case, but it’s still something that I consider. Indeed, it’s almost as if Anya was about to throw herself in to detonate the bomb, which would have been nothing but a bad ending. It was a good thing that she stopped to think and that there was a bottle of ketchup suddenly available there. Interestingly, the agents thought the image was an eggplant. I’ve never seen a round eggplant, I would have thought it was a tomato, but I guess that doesn’t matter.
One thing that surprised me was how careless a spy was, even Twilight reprimanded him for this. Chances are, if you were a WISE agent especially an elderly person, you wouldn’t be so careless as to just open the door without checking for traps, even if the building was empty.
While Anya did a good job in her abilities, Loid lured the bomber under the guise of the minister. They added a really clever detail to distinguish the two ministers from each other, if you notice. Loid shows off his amazing moves in front of the enemy. I had to laugh at the bomber’s reaction.
I find it interesting that both the secret police and WISE are working for the same purpose, albeit independently. For all the animosity between them, both have peace as their primary goal, but believe the other is a threat to them. The real threat lies with crazy third parties like that radical group of students – the kind that both can agree is a danger. It’s a pity that the two sides were able to discover this common ground and work it out together.
In a nutshell, episode 14 Spy x Family demonstrates the nature of politics influenced by propaganda. Things got extremely dark when Sylvia started listing the terrible side effects of war and I agree, war should not be romanticized or glorified. It seems she herself has had quite a few bad stories. It would be fascinating if there was an episode about her, expanding on the WISE leader in the dark.
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